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Eric Gurman tending his Dahlias in 2002

Obituary: Farewell to Eric Gurman, famed for his dahlias

Eric Gurman, famed for his dahlias, has died at the age of 80.

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Project Dirt - Lift one paving stone campaign . Annie Cartwright pictured working in her garden in Stroud Green. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Project Dirt: Lift One Paving Stone campaign aims to turn front gardens green again

In the far off days when net curtains twitched, a neat front garden announced that the household was respectable.

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We're Going On a Bear Hunt by Laura Hughes

The Children’s Bookshop: Spring has sprung with tales of bunnies, bears and eggs

Spring has truly sprung at the Children’s Bookshop and we’ve been enjoying a selection of treats.

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Cathartically chortle away worries at laughter yoga on Hampstead Heath

There’s a cackling coming from under the Parliament Hill bandstand, but there are no jokes being told.

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A Hampstead Heath hedgerow

Hampstead Heath: Maintaining hedgerows benefits wildlife

One of the regular winter tasks undertaken across the Heath by the conservation team is the planting and management of our hedgerows.

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Tulip Siddiq models clothing from Rainbow in My Jar with founder Anurita De. Picture: Tajpal Dhamu

Hampstead MP Tulip Siddiq models maternity wear you can keep after having your baby

It was the heartbreak of multiple miscarriages that led Anurita De to quit her job at the Bank of England and become a maternity wear designer.

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Gardening: Help is here to calm wisteria hysteria

Last summer, seeing Marina Bassano’s beautiful wisteria in Quadrant Grove Kentish Town put me in a quandary.

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Job sharing is a good way of maintaining a high-flying career after you have children, says Sara Allen. Picture: PA

Juggle work and motherhood without going ‘part-time’ by job sharing

Many women find the compromise of juggling work and motherhood means downgrading to a part-time role.

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Bunty Schrager Guerrilla gardening at the Highgate roundabout

Guerilla gardener Bunty on transforming Highgate roundabout into urban paradise

In the last column I wrote about the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) campaign, Greening Grey Britain and how we should follow its slogan to Lift One Paving Stone - this time we meet someone who has been doing so, long before the campaign started.

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Magic Maverick

Q&A with director of workshop on gender stereotypes in fairytales at JW3

Molly Pharo is artistic director and producer at Magic Maverick theatre company which runs a Feminist Families afternoon at JW3 examining gender sterotypes in fairytales and a ‘cartography’ workshop using writing art and performance to ask questions about what gender means.

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Spring Health gym in Belsize Park Gardens

A perfect way to boost your spring health

BRidget Galton is converted from gym refuser to fitness fan at a Belsize Park health club.

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Rue Des Petits

Hampstead mumpreneur launches beautiful baby clothes line

Julie Stott tells Bridget Galton about why she launched Rue Des Petits, which sells baby clothes, nursery accessories, toys and gifts from independent European brands.

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Offbeat ‘30s gardening book celebrates botanical artists Evelyn Dunbar and Charles Mahoney

Alison Oldham looks at the re-release of this illustrated book, which was first published in 1937.

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The grounds and exterior of Woolley Grange

Woolley Grange: where eggs and kids are free range

Bridget Galton and family visited the 17th century hotel that started the idea of luxury family stays and found a relaxing mix of quality downtime, good food and culture.

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A Red Admiral on Buddleia. Picture: Nigel Sutton

How can we help stop the decline of bees?

Ruth Pavey looks at how wildlife friendly gardening could benefit pollinating insects.

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False widow spider species found in the south of England. Picture: The Natural History Museum

Should we be worried about an ‘attack of giant spiders?

Bob Gilbert looks at the hysteria surrounding false black widows.

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Can Thai yoga massage benefit mind as well as body?

Alex Bellotti visits King’s Cross practice Senergize to try this unusual style of massage first hand.

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From Hampstead Heath to Regents Park, the outdoor spaces of north London make for some excellent exercise motivation

Top 3 properties close to local fitness facilities

Fitness is for life, not just for January, These three properties will help you take advantage of the best outdoor and indoor fitness facilities North London has to offer all year round.

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The Murlo Castle from villa Torre. Picture: Simon McBride

Umbria, travel review: ‘Where life goes in hand with the land’

Bridget Galton found staying on an exclusive private estate in this Italian region a tranquil and gastronomic delight.

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Independent London wine producers The Bunch offer long-rewarding delights

Exploring smaller merchants this year can reap rich rewards for wine lovers, says Liz Sagues.

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Tartiflette. Picture: Kerstin Rodgers

Ms Marmite Lover: This cheesy Tartiflette is a taste of Alpine living

Faced with little snow and fear at even a blue run, Kerstin Rodgers, aka MsMarmiteLover, found solace in potatoes, cream and local Reblochon cheese on her recent Alpine holiday.

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Singer songwriter Ana Silvera

Festival of the Mind returns to Finchley Road

Ana Silvera, spoken word poet Leah Thorn and Dr Joseph Berke are among the guests at this thought-provoking event, says Daniel Wittenberg.

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Picture: Adrian Brooker, City of London Corporation

Wildlife: Kestrels are a rarer sight now, but not if you know where to look

Bob Gilbert looks at how these beautiful, slim birds of prey have adapted over the years.

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Anna Day & Ellie Jauncey  of The Flower Appreciation Society making Christmas wreaths at their workshop in Islington. Picture: Nigel Sutton

The Flower Appreciation Society: florists for the digital age

Ruth Pavey takes a look at the duo’s new book, as well as Margaret Willes’ latest work, A Shakespearean Botanical.

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The Snowman, Peacock Theatre, review: ‘Enduringly magic’

This ballett’s jaunty dances and enchanting visuals will captivate any young minds, says Andrew Geehan.

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Snowshoe hiking in Sulwald.  Picture: Jost von Allmen

Travel: It’s worth waiting for the white stuff in Switzerland

Non-skier Bridget Galton finds that snowfall is a feast or a famine during a trip to the Bernese alps.

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Isabella Segal, a partner at Nyman Lisbon Paul accountancy firm

How transgender businesswoman Isabella Segal is leading the way in the workplace

Alex Bellotti talks to the Hampstead accountancy expert about ‘coming out’ to clients, transitioning and what more can be done for transgender rights.

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How Hampstead Heath is controlling the rapid spread of knotweed

City Corporation of London’s conservation team explain why they are taking biological solutions to control north London’s most rampant greenery.

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From Wembley stadium to Finchley Road: north London’s top winter wonderlands

Whether the kids fancy a spin on an ice rink or a visit to Santa’s grotto, there’s plenty of Christmas cheer to be found locally, says Bridget Galton.

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Oslo's main shopping street, Karl Johans Street, decorated for Christmas (Photo: VISIT OSLO/Frits Solvang)

Find your own winter wonderland in Oslo

Close your eyes and imagine a perfect Christmas scene. If it features pine trees, log fires and a smattering of snow then Norway is the perfect festive getaway for you.

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Tax-free Livigno is well and truly back in ski fashion, hosting Nine Knights air comp

Emma Bartholomew checks out the quirky 3,000m high Italian resort, which is enjoying a revival of popularity thanks to its ‘snow-sure’ status and bargain prices.

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Black Friday will see shoppers stock up on Christmas gifts at a reduced price ahead of the festive season.

The best BLACK FRIDAY deals from Great British Life

Reportedly the biggest shopping day of the year, Black Friday will see shoppers stock up on Christmas gifts and electrical goods at a reduced price ahead of the festive season. Here we share the discounts on offer at Great British Life available 27 - 30 November 2015

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Paul Richens, manager & founder of The Skip Garden in King's Cross. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Skip Garden provides a Nomadic oasis in the heart of Kings Cross

Re-purposed skips and coffee bags lend rich city colour to this interesting, purposeful garden, says Ruth Pavey.

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The primary school pupils enjoyed a range of workshops. Photo: Jacqui Sinnatt

Primary school kids inspired to carve out creative careers

Camden and Islington primary school children enjoyed a taste of creativity away from the classroom at the Primary Careers Fair held at the British Library.

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Protest against Cycle Superhighway Regent's Park in March. Photo by Adam Tiernan Thomas

Westminster Council is against the CS11 Cycle Superhighway

Campaigners against the proposed Cycle Superhighway 11 in Camden have welcomed a move by neighbouring Wesminster Council to oppose the scheme.

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Arnold Wesker during a talk at Burgh House

Playwright’s moving tribute to ‘beautiful friend’ Arnold Wesker

West Hampstead playwright Bernard Kops has paid a moving tribute to his great friend and fellow dramatist Arnold Wesker who has died aged 83.

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Kindle 7 inch tablet

Win 1 of 50 Fire 7” Display Tablets

Are you looking for a brand new gadget to help you stay connected on the go and make that long journey home a bit more entertaining? Look no further. MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Kindle Fire 7” Display Tablets! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

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